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Old 02-02-18, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by DCByton View Post
I have a roll on order lg low entry can't wait to start riding again its been a long 3 years do to a leg injury.can't get on my sirrus or crosstrail at this time, so hello low entry.
I'm not yet at the point where I can't lift my leg over the bike, but there's something oddly satisfying with being able to just step THROUGH a bike frame and jump up to sit. My wife has a 2006 Trek 7100 with a step-through frame and I enjoy riding it just for a change of pace sometimes.
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Originally Posted by DCByton View Post
I have the small (5' 9 1/2") Roll comp x-1 low entry. I received it yesterday and put 2 miles on it (smooth).

It feels great to ride again. I look forward to today's ride.Very happy with it.
Iím glad.

I love that version of the Roll. I havenít seen anyone else build a comfort bike to that price point with the accompanying level of quality. Iím not a fan of multiple chain rings on the crank, so Iím really pleased to see that Specialized is offering a 1x10 on this kind of bike. I also like the fact that they donít include unnecessary fork suspension shocks I must admit that Iím having trouble wrapping my brain around tires that big on something other than a mountain bike. How are you finding the tires in actual riding experience?
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Old 02-02-18, 05:48 PM
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Even aired up they roll smooth and fairly fast for what they are that is once you get rolling.The tires have a ridge in the center of the tread which make for a faster ride. This is my first 1 x 10 got to say i like it so far have had any real hills as of yet.
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Originally Posted by DCByton View Post
Even aired up they roll smooth and fairly fast for what they are that is once you get rolling.The tires have a ridge in the center of the tread which make for a faster ride. This is my first 1 x 10 got to say i like it so far have had any real hills as of yet.
Nice. Give us an update when youíve gotten to the hills. Cheers
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Originally Posted by DCByton View Post
Even aired up they roll smooth and fairly fast for what they are that is once you get rolling.The tires have a ridge in the center of the tread which make for a faster ride. This is my first 1 x 10 got to say i like it so far have had any real hills as of yet.
The frame and fork on the Roll has a ton of clearance. I don't know if your Sirrus or Crosstrail bikes are disc/quick release or not, but if so you can always switch out the wheelsets from one of those on the Roll to run a 700c setup if the 650b feels too sluggish. That's what I ended up doing on my low entry. I've run up to a Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 28 x 2.0 with fenders, so any road/cross tire will work. Bike is much faster. Just an idea if you get tired of the weight of the stock tires.
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Originally Posted by HLW View Post
The frame and fork on the Roll has a ton of clearance. I don't know if your Sirrus or Crosstrail bikes are disc/quick release or not, but if so you can always switch out the wheelsets from one of those on the Roll to run a 700c setup if the 650b feels too sluggish. That's what I ended up doing on my low entry. I've run up to a Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 28 x 2.0 with fenders, so any road/cross tire will work. Bike is much faster. Just an idea if you get tired of the weight of the stock tires.
I do have a set of rims off my sirrus that would fit the bill. It's going to be a while before I get up to speed. But thanks for the good idea.
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Old 02-20-18, 06:22 PM
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The Roll Comp X1 is the model I am really interested in. The manager at my LBS in Western NC cautioned me that the 1X was going to be a problem climbing the hills where we stay during the summer. My wife and I full time in an RV and winter in FL where it is flat (retired snowbirds). The solution we came up with is to go to a 34 or 36T chain ring when needed. Sounds like a perfect solution so I will be pulling the trigger on one when we move north next month.
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Old 02-26-18, 07:34 AM
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Welcome, Clays390. The Roll Comp X1 indeed doesn't have a very "low" low gear. 42-40 is the low gear, which is about 29 gear inches with the tires that come on the Roll. I also live in the Appalachian/Blue Ridge area region (though further north in the Shenandoah Valley), and I keep my bikes to around 20-22 gear inches for a low gear. Yes, that's crawling up a hill, but that's sometimes the difference in being able to stay on the bike vs. walking it, and I make more use out of crawling gears than I do top speed gears, at least on hybrids like this where you're sitting upright and you can't "get aero" anyway.

A 34T chain ring would put you at about 23 gear inches and a 36T chain ring would put you at about 25 gear inches. Both of those would be marked improvements. Top end would be 85 gear inches and 90 gear inches with the 34T and 36T rings respectively. That's probably plenty for a Roll.
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Wow, a three year thread, on one bike, and nobody complains about it!

If I wanted a fat tired 650 bike - I think it might be on my list.

Wish there were more pics that stayed on the thread!
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I ride a 1x on the hills all over San Diego and have not had any problems. You won't get a 36T on the stock 1x, I think the lowest you can go is a 38T. I ordered one, had it on there for trail riding, then took it off and put the stock 42T back on. The 1x10 is pretty versatile, give it a shot before trying to go smaller on the chainring.

EDIT: I just verified that the largest you will fit on the stock setup is a 38T. Wolf Components sells one for pretty inexpensive on Amazon. Also, my longest ride to date on it is a 30 mile ride that had over 1400ft in elevation (some quite steep) and the 42T stock 1x10 setup was enough for me, though I wasn't racing for time.

(this is a post from mtbr forum for what its worth)!!! 2016 Specialized Roll - Page 2- Mtbr.com

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Old 03-01-18, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
Wow, a three year thread, on one bike, and nobody complains about it!
Necro-threads are definitely two-sided coins. When someone makes a new thread on something that's already been covered, other members will often remark that the user (often a new one) should use the search function and participate in a thread that's already been established rather than start a new one. When someone does just that, and posts to a thread that may have gone dormant for a number of years, other members will often give them a hard time for posting to such an old thread.

It's hard to win sometimes!
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I probably should have clarified - I was speaking about no one complaining about the bike.

I am all for people commenting and adding to old threads. It shows they are being read, and new views, especially by new users, are always welcome.
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Oh, I see. I agree -- no negative comments is great!
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I'm glad to see the Roll still being appreciated. It is a great bike. I do have one recent qualm about it that I think has been mentioned. On my Elite the gearing seemed sorta weird. I couldn't find a gear for my pace. I usually ride about 12mph. I don't ride my Specialized Pitch Pro often but took it out recently and the gearing was perfect. I want to replicate it on the Roll.

Also would like more tire options in the stock size. I've had too many flats compared to most of the bikes I've owned/ridden in my 40ish years of riding bikes. The tires I've found look great but are damn pricey. I guess you get what you pay for.
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My Roll overlooking Hanalei Bay in Kauai. Recent upgrades include Ritchey adjustable stem.
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My Roll overlooking Hanalei Bay in Kauai. Recent upgrades include Ritchey adjustable stem.

Great Pic! I've been real interested in these bikes too, almost pulled the trigger twice.
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I was at the bike store couple of weeks ago and saw this bike. Not knowing anything about it, I got on it and loved it. I need to keep up with the kids when we go camping, around the hilly neighborhood and some trails (not typical mountain biking trails, more that joggers and walkers go on - not paved) and the beach (not necessarily on the beach) and a thinking this is the right line or me. I have been looking online at the models but am unable to really compare them. Anyone have any insights into the Roll, Roll Comp, Roll Sport, Elite? What's the difference, etc. (I know the brakes, but what else)?



I've just started looking at the Roll as an upgrade to my current Specialized Crossroads Sport. I want a hybrid with disc brakes. When I mentioned to my bike dealer that I struggle with shifting the Crossroads 3X8, he told me about the Roll Comp X1. It differs from the other Roll models in that it has 1X10 gearing - no front derailleur. That makes me happy, but would like to hear other comments regarding this difference.


I am curious about the Roll's unique frame geometry, as well.


Other than that difference, I wish Specialized had a side by side comparison on the different models within each line. Would certainly make decisions easier.
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Been looking at the Roll for both my wife and I. Neither of us have been on a bike since the mid eighties. Were both in our mid sixties and primarily looking for something that isn't going to keep us up all night regretting our decision. I took a spin on the crossroad and roll. Tough decision. If I rode by myself I would pick the crossroad elite. But I do have to admit, the next day I was somewhat sore due the seat. I have to wonder If I put a wider comfortable seat on would I like it the same. The issue I have with the Roll is my neighbor, who is an avid bike person. He tells me I'll regret getting a bike without front shocks. I told him on the roll it appears that you mostly sit in the upright position, have a shock under the seat, fatter tires to absorb and harsh bumps. He tells me the bike shop probably keeps the tire pressure low for a smoother ride, which isn't good for the life of the tire. So, since I haven't rode many bikes in my quest, nor intend on traveling all over for the perfect bike. My wife back isn't the greatest, and my biggest fear is that if she really starts hurting after each time we ride, I'll be on my own. So, for anyone that has the roll, would you give it a thumbs up for comfort? Or should I be looking at different bikes?

I am seriously considering the Roll as an upgrade to my Crossroads Sport as I want disc brakes. Thinking about the Roll Comp X1 as the much simpler 1X10 gearing is enticing, providing it will still give an equivalent range of gears as my 3X8.


As far as the seat on the Crossroads, I considered swapping the stock seat for a more comfortable (wider and or gel) one, but the bike shop suggested getting padded shorts. Good choice . . . . . made a world of difference. I can ride 10-12 mi on the seat alone, but with the padded shorts, my seat is much happier.


I thought front shocks would be nice, but not sure worth the extra maintenance and weight that comes with them. If I want front suspension, I would have to resort to the Ariel line.


What reviews I have seen on the Roll are supportive; my son just got one, but I haven't had a chance to check it out. As for the Crossroads, I love mine and think you would be happy with it, too. If you like the Crossroads, get it and the Roll for your wife. I know our dealer will fit a bike with a different seat; I Don't know why you couldn't put the "Cup" seat (Roll has this) on the Crossroads. I think maybe the Roll uses this seat because of the different geometry has the crank in front of the seat rather than under.
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I've been looking at the Roll for some time. I was originally going to buy the Comp that was on sale but waited. I'm glad I did as I'm not sure the extra $$ of the comp is worth it.
I look at it this way, even the upgraded components of the Comp aren't really that much of an upgrade in the big picture of today's bikes especially compared to a $3k bike plus the fact I'm only going to use it on the bike path and for super mellow rides. So I'm thinking of saving the money and getting the Sport model.
I'd like to know what you all think. Sport or Comp.

Comp X1 has 1X10 gearing
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Originally Posted by DCByton View Post
I have the small (5' 9 1/2") Roll comp x-1 low entry. I received it yesterday and put 2 miles on it (smooth).

It feels great to ride again. I look forward to today's ride.Very happy with it.


I'm looking at the Comp X1 Low-entry to replace my Crossroads Sport step-through (I want disc brakes). How do you like the 1X10 gears? How would they compare to the Crossroads 3X8? I am terrible at shifting the front, so hardly ever use all my gears but I don't want to lose hill climbing ability.
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I'm looking at the Comp X1 Low-entry to replace my Crossroads Sport step-through (I want disc brakes). How do you like the 1X10 gears? How would they compare to the Crossroads 3X8? I am terrible at shifting the front, so hardly ever use all my gears but I don't want to lose hill climbing ability.
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I love my 1x10 its smooth and easy shifting. I've only been on short hills so far and have plenty of gearing left.
And i'm out of riding shape (don't have my legs back as of yet ) so slow and easy for now.
so I would test ride one and try out some hills depends on your riding level (legs).
I would also test ride the elite 3x too.You could also change the front chain ring if needed.
hope this helps.
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The 2018 comp x1 and elite both have hydraulic disc brakes and a aluminum fork. besides comp 1x10 and the elite 3x8.

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Made a decision

Well, after spending several hours re-reading all the replies on this forum. As well as time spent checking out the Shimano catalog to determine parts interchangeability. I came to the conclusion the 2016/2017 Roll Elite (left over & reduced to $569.00) is the best option for my application. I put a deposit on a Medium Black Tint the LBS in Asheville has in stock. Can't wait to pick t up as soon as we move North.
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Clays390, what did you like better about the left over models vs. the current Roll Elite? Price alone, or do they have different components that you prefer?
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The 2016/2017 Roll Elite has mechanical disc brakes vs. hydraulic. the rear cassette is 11-32 vs. 11-34. Other than the color everything else is the same. My wife and I are retired and spend the winter in Florida (flat). We work camp for the summer in Western NC (mountains!). I was really interested in the Comp X1 but was afraid the limited low gear would make it difficult to climb the hills. The research I did on modifying the Comp looked as if it would take $100 - $200 to get where I wanted to be. With a starting point of $569 vs. $850 I can change the groupset out to all Shimano Deore or SLX for about the about same total investment. Instead of the "mix & match" drive train that comes on all the models.
I test rode the same model I'm getting several times here in Florida and really love the bike. It's just too bad the manufactures mix good components with less expensive ones to try to market an "up-graded" model. I guess the logic is to provide higher level bikes while keeping their cost as low as possible.
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That's a good price ($569) on the outgoing Elite models.

I struggle with the Roll because I really like the bike, but I think it's awfully expensive for what it is. The mid-range Sport model, retailing at almost $600 new, comes with a 7-speed freewheel and Tourney drivetrain. Nearly 600 bucks for a rigid aluminum frame with mechanical discs and a freewheel??

If buying a new/current year model, you have to bone up to the $700 Elite to get a cassette hub, which seems awfully expensive for the cheapest cassette hub model in the line. I may be getting too stuck on that freewheel hub, but I don't think any bike that costs nearly $600 has any business with a freewheel hub.
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